15 days in California, United States & Utah Itinerary

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San Francisco
— 3 nights
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Capitola
Drive
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Monterey
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Carmel
— 2 nights
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Big Sur
Drive
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San Luis Obispo
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Los Angeles
— 1 night
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Las Vegas
— 2 nights
Drive
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Page
— 2 nights
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Salt Lake City
— 1 night
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Grand Teton National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Yellowstone National Park
— 2 nights
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Salt Lake City
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San Francisco — 3 nights

City by the Bay

San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Thu): step off the mainland to explore Alcatraz Island, take a leisurely stroll along Fisherman's Wharf, and then steep yourself in history at Golden Gate Bridge. Keep things going the next day: get to know the fascinating history of Filbert Street Stairs, buy something for everyone on your list at Ferry Building Marketplace, then walk around Golden Gate Park, and finally take in nature's colorful creations at Japanese Tea Garden.

To find reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the San Francisco tour planning app.

Beijing, China to San Francisco is an approximately 16-hour flight. You can also fly. You'll gain 16 hours traveling from Beijing to San Francisco due to the time zone difference. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Beijing in January, with highs in San Francisco at 17°C and lows at 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Capitola.
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Capitola

Capitola is a city in Santa Cruz County, California, United States, on the coast of Monterey Bay. You've now added Capitola Mall to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): browse the different shops at Capitola Mall.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Capitola online sightseeing planner.

Getting from San Francisco to Capitola by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: drive; or take a shuttle; or fly. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from San Francisco in February since evenings lows in Capitola dip to 7°C. On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Monterey.
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Shopping
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Monterey

Monterey is a city in the U.S. state of California, on the southern edge of Monterey Bay on California's Central Coast. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Casa Serrano, Historic Adobe.

To see where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Monterey day trip site.

Traveling by car from Capitola to Monterey takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In February, daily temperatures in Monterey can reach 20°C, while at night they dip to 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Carmel.
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Carmel — 2 nights

Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): play a few rounds at Pebble Beach Golf Links, admire the majestic nature at Point Lobos, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo Mission.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Carmel sightseeing planner.

Carmel is just a short distance from Monterey. In February, plan for daily highs up to 20°C, and evening lows to 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Big Sur.
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Big Sur

Big Country of the South

A sparsely populated area with stunning views, Big Sur attracts artists and tourists traveling California’s scenic Highway 1.
To see photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Big Sur online route planner.

Big Sur is very close to Carmel. In February, daytime highs in Big Sur are 20°C, while nighttime lows are 8°C. You will leave for San Luis Obispo on the 3rd (Mon).
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San Luis Obispo

San Luis Obispo, or SLO for short, is a city in the U.S. state of California, located roughly midway between Los Angeles and San Francisco on the Central Coast. To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the San Luis Obispo holiday builder site.

Traveling by car from Big Sur to San Luis Obispo takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and train; or take a bus. In February, plan for daily highs up to 23°C, and evening lows to 8°C. On the 3rd (Mon), you'll travel to Los Angeles.
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Los Angeles — 1 night

City of Angels

Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): take in the waterfront at Santa Monica Pier, then explore the world behind art at Bhagavad-gita Diorama-Museum, and then look and learn at Griffith Observatory.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles online sightseeing planner.

You can fly from San Luis Obispo to Los Angeles in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or take a train. Traveling from San Luis Obispo in February, plan for a bit warmer nights in Los Angeles, with lows around 12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow time for the flight to Las Vegas.
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Las Vegas — 2 nights

Sin City

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Wed): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, don't miss a visit to Fountains of Bellagio, and then examine the collection at The Mob Museum.

For photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Las Vegas day trip tool.

Traveling by flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Los Angeles in February, expect Las Vegas to be a bit cooler, temps between 21°C and 8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Page.
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Page — 2 nights

Center of Canyon Country

Originally little more than a simple camp constructed to house workers who built a nearby dam on the Colorado River, Page is now a popular stop for travelers preparing a trip to Arizona's canyon country.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, explore the stunning scenery at Antelope Canyon, and then stroll through Horseshoe Bend.

To find traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, read Page trip builder website.

Drive from Las Vegas to Page in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Page due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in February, things will get a bit cooler in Page: highs are around 15°C and lows about 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Salt Lake City.
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Salt Lake City — 1 night

Crossroads of the West

Utah's capital and most populous city, Salt Lake City boasts a small-town feel, big-city amenities, and plenty of nature on its doorstep.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): explore the stunning scenery at Big Cottonwood Canyon and then take in the exciting artwork at Art at the Main Gallery.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Salt Lake City trip planner.

Getting from Page to Salt Lake City by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Page in February: highs in Salt Lake City hover around 9°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to fly to Grand Teton National Park.
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Grand Teton National Park — 1 night

Mountains of the Imagination

The peaks of Grand Teton National Park aren't the highest in the world, but they sit atop what might be nature's archetypes for mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Elk Ranch Flats Turnout, Grand Teton National Park, take in the awesome beauty at Cathedral Group, and then admire all the interesting features of 42-mile Scenic Loop Drive.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read our Grand Teton National Park trip itinerary planning site.

Traveling by flight from Salt Lake City to Grand Teton National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Salt Lake City in February, things will get a bit cooler in Grand Teton National Park: highs are around 0°C and lows about -12°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Yellowstone National Park.
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Yellowstone National Park — 2 nights

World's Largest Collection of Geysers

An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): witness a stunning natural landmark at Castle Geyser, then take in the natural beauty of Old Faithful, and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Yellowstone National Park online sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Grand Teton National Park to Yellowstone National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Grand Teton National Park in February, plan for little chillier nights in Yellowstone National Park, with lows around -18°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can fly to Salt Lake City.
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Salt Lake City

Crossroads of the West

Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Temple Square and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Salt Lake Temple.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Salt Lake City journey planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Yellowstone National Park to Salt Lake City in 4 hours. Other options are to fly; or drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Yellowstone National Park in February, plan for a bit warmer days and much warmer nights in Salt Lake City: temperatures range from 9°C by day to 0°C at night. On the 12th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
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United States travel guide

4.6
Specialty Museums · Historic Sites · Nightlife
More than the country of car-packed streets seen in TV shows and movies, the United States of America is a complex and diverse home to over 300 million people living in a wide range of landscapes and climates. From its big-city skyscrapers to its sprawling natural parks, the country's ''melting pot'' combines many ethnic groups that share a strong sense of national identity despite their cultural differences. A country of road trips and big blue skies, the United States harbors orderly cities filled with restaurants, parks, museums, and innumerable sightseeing opportunities, as well as pristine natural areas perfect for a holiday in the great outdoors. To see as much as you can of this diverse land quickly, drive over some of the more than 6 million km (4 million mi) of highways leading through deserts, mountain peaks, fertile fields, and giant urban centers.
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Monterey County travel guide

4.4
Aquariums · Scenic Drive · Dolphin & Whale Watching

Utah travel guide

4.8
Geologic Formations · Hiking Trails · Canyons
The Beehive State
A huge but sparsely populated land, Utah remains a major holiday destination offering plenty of year-round outdoor vacation ideas, including skiing, snowboarding, hiking, boating, horseback riding, and camping. The rugged terrain, defined by towering mountain peaks, deep canyons, and vast deserts, seems custom-made for adventurous nature lovers. With five national parks, the state has no shortage of pristine wilderness areas, causing many tourists to overlook the cultural attractions of its towns. Salt Lake City, the state's capital, features the headquarters of the Mormon Church, and draws over 5 million annual visitors. Utah also hosts several major film festivals each year, attracting young movie buffs from around the world.
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Wyoming travel guide

4.7
Hot Springs · River Rafting & Tubing · Wildlife Areas
The Equality State
Still largely undiscovered by foreign tourism, Wyoming is anything but "the bunchgrass edge of the world," as a writer once called it. Though the state's geography includes mostly wide-open plains, swaths of high desert, and sweeping mountain ridges, it also contains many small towns filled with places to visit, such as historical buildings, museums, shops, and restaurants. A great place to discover the last vestiges of the Old West, Wyoming's tourist attractions include the country's first national park, Native American reservations, and a smattering of ghost towns from the early frontier days. As you travel across this "Cowboy State," remember that distances between towns can be vast, requiring more advance vacation planning than travel in more densely populated parts of the country.
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